Astronomical telescopes are a perfect example of those items which many of us tend to take for granted as we gaze into the night sky. When you think about it, they are fantastic pieces of equipment which allow us to see well beyond our world. But who was it who first came up with the idea of putting together a set of glass lenses which would eventually come to be seen as the first astronomical telescopes?
A Dutchman, Hans Lippershey is often credited with inventing astronomical telescopes, but historians have disputed this. They agree that Lippershey was using primitive astronomical telescopes in the early 15th century and that he worked hard to promote their benefits, but as to who actually invented them is still not clear. Perhaps the best known name when it comes to the early days of astronomical telescopes is Galileo Galilei who introduced the telescope to astronomy in 1609. Galilei became the first man to see the craters of the moon, and went on to discover sunspots, the four large moons of Jupiter, and the rings of Saturn. Galileo’s telescope was obviously very primitive when compared to the astronomical telescopes of today. It was similar to a pair of opera glasses in that it used an arrangement of glass lenses to magnify objects, but if you want to see the very latest in telescopes, as well as bird watching binoculars and night vision equipment, you should focus on the Sherwoods Photographic website.
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